This species is also known as Octopus vulgaris. Just like other species of octopus, the Coomon Octopus dies shortly after mating. To find a mate, this species goes closer to the shore in the early spring months. While mating the male mounts onto the female, inserting the hectocotylus into her mantle cavity in order to pass his sperm. Females then search for an undisturbed location to place her eggs. Female octopus use holes, crevices, and coral reefs as a sheltered area. Over 100,000 eggs are laid, but much less survive due to crabs and other predators. Females also care for the eggs by cleaning them with their arm tips.
This picture shows a female octopus with her eggs. The eggs are hanging from the roof of their den and the female octopus is protecting her eggs.